Kuala Lumpur: Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah, 84, was installed Malaysia's new king at a lavish ceremony steeped in royal tradition here on Wednesday.

The installation ceremony took place at the Throne Hall of the brand new national palace, with Abdul Halim taking the oath of office, marking the formal commencement of his tenure as the Supreme Head of the Federation.

Shortly after, sounds of trumpets and drums reverberated followed by three shouts of "Daulat Tuanku" (Long Live the King).

Abdul Halim, who was king previously in 1970 at the age of 42, became the first person to hold the position twice. He became the first king to be installed at the new palace.

The Oxford-educated king is a lover of jazz, football, polo and golf.

The king, known as Yang di-Pertuan Agong, formally took office in a televised ceremony in the yellow carpet throne room.

Prime Minister Najib Razak proclaimed Abdul Halim the 14th king, before an audience of other Malaysian sultans, government ministers and foreign dignitaries.

The monarch, dressed in black and yellow royal regalia, was presented with a Koran and then with the royal long dagger.

He then took an oath of office to rule Malaysia in a fair manner, uphold the Islamic faith and ensure a just government.

In his speech, Abdul Halim said "All Malaysians have equal rights ....It is my wish to see all Malaysians gain from the country's development."

Abdul Halim is the ruler of Kedah state in the north.